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Remarks on the Scamander Goldfield


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Wintle, Samuel Henry (1881) Remarks on the Scamander Goldfield. Papers & Proceedings and Report of the Royal Society of Tasmania. pp. 1-5.

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The Scamander Goldfield, which was discovered about two years ago, is distant from George's Bay between 15 miles and 16 miles in a westerly direction. The country between the Bay on the N.E. and the Scamander River, where it is crossed by the bridle track to the Black Boy, consists of coarse porphyritic granite for the most part, and comprises the George's Bay tin-mining district in the County of Cornwall. A well-defined boundary, separating the granite from the older palaeozoic formations, is formed, for a distance of some miles, by the Scamander River. Indeed, so well defined is the line of demarcation that at the north-eastern confines of the Goldfield the granite occupies the fording place on one side without any sedimentary rock being visible in situ, while on the opposite side of the river, a distance of not more than 20 yards, no granite whatever is seen, it being completely covered up by palaeozoic sedimentary rock, consisting of hard, cherty, altered sandstone, which in places assumes a slightly gneissose character. This, in turn, in the higher ground, gives place to very laminated, fissile clay schists or slate, so highly inclined as to be almost vertical. The Goldfield is situated at the head of Scamander River, in a valley bounded on three sides by very steep, lofty hills of slate, having a mean angle of about 40 deg.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, Van Diemens Land, VDL, Hobart Town, natural sciences, proceedings, records
Journal or Publication Title: Papers & Proceedings and Report of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Page Range: pp. 1-5
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Additional Information: In 1843 the Horticultural and Botanical Society of Van Diemen's Land was founded and became the Royal Society of Van Diemen's Land for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science in 1844. In 1855 its name changed to Royal Society of Tasmania for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science. In 1911 the name was shortened to Royal Society of Tasmania.
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2012 23:19
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:44
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